Fire Ops 101


For immediate release

Elected Officials Return to Feel the Heat

Fire Ops 101 Returns to the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Training Centre

Vancouver, BC – On September 23, 2019, the British Columbia Professional Fire

Fighters’ Association (BCPFFA) will welcome elected officials and decision makers from

across the province to Fire Ops 101 at the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Training Centre.

Participants will experience the realities of fire fighting through 10 different scenarios which

represent the dynamic occupation of a professional fire fighter. Suited up in turnout gear,

including a self-contained breathing apparatus, participants will feel the heat while entering

and extinguishing a controlled building fire. They will use specialized life-saving

equipment, such as the jaws of life, work in confined spaces, and will finish by treating

patients with pre-hospital medical care.

“Fire Ops 101 offers insight into the physical and psychological demands of the job.

Participants will appreciate what fire fighters on the front lines are going through, and this

experience helps them understand the challenges faced to keep our communities safe,”

says Gord Ditchburn, President, BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association.

The day-long program is a BCPFFA bi-ennial event and was launched in 2009. Scenarios

include hands-on fire fighting and rescue operations under the controlled supervision of

the Vancouver Training Division personnel and BCPFFA representatives.

Fire Ops 101 takes place on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Vancouver Fire & Rescue

Training Centre, 1330 Chess St, Vancouver, BC. Fire Ops 101 hands-on scenarios will

begin at 1:00pm and end at 4:00pm.


Media Contact: Any media who would like to attend or observe is asked to register for

media credentials prior to Wednesday, September 17, 2019. Please contact Nicole Clark,

Director of Communications, by email at or by phone at

604.436.2053 or 778.789.0820.

For all other inquiries, contact or 604.436.2053 or visit FireOps101.

Gord Ditchburn, President | Todd Schierling, Secretary Treasurer